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Watch your hands, got your boots on?

Lot of us are heading out to the field this year with snakes present. I am fortunate to have as friends some reptile enthusiasts that are well versed in how to exist in snake country without getting bit . I am also lucky to have a heck of a good reserve of actual field specimen photos from my own collection and my friends to help you id which ones are truely trouble. Here of some of the more common snakes you might encounter this fall in the woods. Northern hunters be advised, your not snake proof either.

Pictured Above:Pacific Rattler coiled in crevace Watch where you put your hands! Climbing and reaching for hand holds that you havent checked out first can be a very bad day in the making. The snake pictured is a subspecies of prarie rattler and VERY COMMON on the west coast.
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Pictured Above: Timber Rattlesnake from NY. This guy comes in a wide vairety of color phases. Easilly identified by the shape of the head, the general body girth, and of course the rattle at the end of its tail. This species is in trouble throughout its range and is under protection in much of its range. It is found as far north as Wisconsin and all the way to Flordia
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Pictured Above: Canebrake Rattlesnake This is a color varient of the south's version of a timber rattlesnake. They also have awesome camoflaugue and while this snake appears to stick out like a sore thumb in the undergrowth or grey tones of a cutdown hes pretty much invisible. They like to winter in old stumps with debris around the base much like you find in cutovers
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Pictured Above: Water Moccassin Very common in still water sloughs, drainage ditches, lakes and rivers from Texas to North Carolina. Southern bowhunters take note with a common bowhunters haunt being near am watering holes, it pays big dividends to have foot protection walking around these still water locations in the dark.
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Pictured Above: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Very common throughout the western states. Likes rocky outcroppings ans seeking shade under vegatation, and cactus skeletons and in rock creavsses mid day.
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Pictured Above:Western Diaomond Back Rattlesnake in a typical shelter spot on a rocky outcrop. Wouldnt think much about setting your foot on the stone to step up would you. Believe it or not as easy as it is to see this snake, when hiking and not paying attention its very easy to step right onto or next to a resting snake. I know I have done it many times.
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Pictured Above:Copperhead common from Texas to PA with some spotted populations north of that. Pictured is a Florida specimen. This is the king of camo in the woods and coiled or strtched out on fallen oak leaves is about impossible to spot. they are quick to bite and while very rarely deadly probably account for a vast majority of NA snakebites. I have stepped on several the last one about 3 feet in the dark while easing into a gobbler roosting area. Glad I had my snakeboots on.
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Watch your hands, got your boots on?

Great post! Good reminder before the seasons start Thumbs up

We mostly have to watch for the Copperhead and Timber and Western Rattlesnake around here.
My mom was bitten by a copperhead years ago while camping, she was laid up for a month. NASTY critters

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